Posts Tagged ‘props’

Spot the fake!

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This is to follow up on my previous post about making “whiskey” with water and food coloring.¬†
I have been busy experimenting with the formulas.

To 1 liter of water add:
5 drops red
3 drops yellow
1 drop green OR blue

For comparison, the shot glass on the left is jack daniels. The one on the right is the impostor! Did you guess right?

Robyn
The Awesome Stage Manager

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Posted: February 28, 2012 in Prop Closet
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Sometimes you may need 3 or 4 dozen fake bananas or a china pug dog statue for your show. And you know someone who knows someone who thinks another theatre did that show a few years ago. So, you send an inquiry email, but they’re concerned the props might not get returned in good condition. So you send them this: Request for Loan of Props

Now you are responsible for the well-being of said obscure prop, and the other theatre feels better about lending things to you. Hey, maybe you’ll get another gig out of it if they see how professional and responsible you are.

Robyn

The Awesome Stage Manager

Prop-er Etiquette

Posted: February 18, 2012 in Prop Closet
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When you have a show that calls for a lot of props, it helps to organize things with a taped out props table. Each item has it’s own labeled spot. And any time it is not being used on stage it should remain in it’s spot. No matter how tempting.

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It also saves a lot of prep time. You only have to glance at the table to see if something is missing.

Robyn
The Awesome Stage Manager

P.S. I made most of the props in that last picture. How-to’s to come.

Hello and welcome to my blog about stage managing in community theatres. I would like this to be a resource for other SMs. Here’s what you can expect to find in this blog.

  • How-to articles for creating/ finding/ thrifting¬† those bizarre-yet-crucial props
  • Resources that I recommend for keeping your Prompt Book neat and organized and your ASM sane
  • Reviews about plays I’ve seen/ worked on/ would like to work on
  • Reviews and recommendations of important items to keep in your SM kit
  • Advice for troubleshooting and preventing problems
  • Non-transferable job skills: Things you’ve learned to perfect for one show that you’ll probably never use again
  • And the fun stuff, like actors’ creative interpretations of lines, or why I had to sweep up peanut shells and banana peels after every performance.

Thanks for visiting and please come back often. I will be updating regularly!

Robyn

The Awesome Stage Manager